Back to the Future: Teacher Educators Return to the Classroom
by Rebecca McMahon Giles & Alicia L. Moore - August 17, 2006
Teachers and teacher educators have an endless supply of materials and information on topics related to the techniques of teaching. There is, however, very little that connects educational theories to the day-to-day challenges of teaching. And, nothing comes even remotely close to cementing this connection as well as spending time in a classroom. As teacher educators, if we are truly committed to educating future teachers, we must depart from our comfortable space in the ivory tower and journey back to the “real world.” This journey will allow us to find out if we can do all that we are asking our students to do, make more substantive connections between theory and practice, and maintain our credibility with our students. Preservice teachers fortunate enough to learn from teacher educators who have returned to the classroom after an extended absence will possess a better understanding of their professional roles and an improved sense of themselves as future teachers.
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